The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913
The Leo Frank Case Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - This is the first neutral book written about the murder of Mary Phagan and trial of Leo Frank.
The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. This semi-autobiographical and neutral account of the events surrounding the trial and appeals of Leo Frank include never before published detailed information about Frank's posthumous pardon. This insightful book is well worth reading and it's a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish authored modern and contemporary books, disingenuously transforming the Leo Frank case into a neurotic, anti-Gentile, ethnoreligious-obsessed tabloid controversy.
American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Davison Lawson tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team. This case commentary review provides an *abridged* version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some of the important testimony and evidence when it republishes parts of the trial testimony digest. Be sure to read the abridged closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 Leo Frank Case Brief of Evidence and Atlanta's daily newspapers publishing the question and answer portions (July 28-August 21, 1913).
Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. the State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Only a few original copies of this 300-page book-digest from 1913 and 1914 exist at the Georgia State Archive. This trial digest can also be found in the Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court files.
Three Major Atlanta Dailies of the Time: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism). The most relevant issues concerning the murder investigation and trial are between April 28th to August 27th, 1913.
Atlanta Constitution daily newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Pre-Trial Discover, Trial, Appeals, Prison Shanking and Lynching reported about the Phagan-Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Daily Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.
Atlanta Georgian daily newspaper (Lot's of Extras): covering the Leo Frank Case from late April through August 1913.
Atlanta Journal daily newspaper (evening edition): April 28, 1913, through till the end of August 1913, pertaining to articles about the Leo Frank Case.
On August 18, 1913, Leo Frank reveals the solution to the Mary Phagan murder mystery stating he might have "unconsciously" gone to the bathroom in the metal room to counter Monteen Stover's testimony that he was not in his inner or outer office from 12:05 to 12:10 PM on April 26, 1913:
Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went upstairs and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham [at the rear of the fourth floor], to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913; Georgia Supreme Court Brief, 1913, 1914).
Leo Frank astonishingly re-confirms he might have been in the men's toilet (only one set of toilets existed on the second floor of the National Pencil Company factory, they are located in the machine department AKA metal room) at the time Monteen Stover said his office had been empty on the murder day (between 12:05 pm to 12:10 pm). This ineluctably incriminating admission was first given by Leo Frank on August 18, 1913, at his trial while he was seated on the witness stand. He once again placed himself at the scene of the crime at the time the sex-murder occurred. You have to read it with your own eyes to believe it.
U.S. Senator From Georgia Tom Watson:
Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper about the Leo Frank Case and its principals can be found in some of the weekly issues during 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917 and in Watson's monthly magazine (1915). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case were published in August and September of 1915 in his Watson's Jeffersonian Magazine.
January 1915: The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
March 1915: The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
August 1915: The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volume 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
September 1915: The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
October 1915: The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga
Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper
Watson's analysis of the Phagan-Frank case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored and suppressed for more than 100 years by Leo Frank's defenders, except when they mention it for the purpose of mocking and deriding his works.
Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson:
Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank and its Aftermath by Tom W. Brown, Emery University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982. Despite being marred by a few errors (including Brown's belief in the Mary Phagan bitemark hoax) this is still overall a good analysis of the Leo Frank Case.
The Elusive Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Archive (Required Reading):
Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1,800 pages).
no longer in copyright, free to download and distribute. Very few original copies survived.
Subject: An early account of the Leo Frank Case from 1913
Check out the read-rendition of this book. Please Visit the 2015 Audiobook of 'The Frank Case' (1913): https://archive.org/details/LeoFrankCaseAtlantaGeorgiaGreatestMurderMystery1913_201503
This almost-lost-to-history book written anonymously in 1913 is mostly neutral and unbiased produced at the time, representing an early account of the "Leo Frank Case".
The book shares some very interesting insights about the Coroners Inquest and provides detail aspects and accounts of the case not found in other books.
Overall, well worth the read and very informative. It is one of the few books on the subject which can be said to give a mostly fair and balanced view of the case.
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Next to Phagan's body were two small notes that purported to pin the crime on Newt Lee, the night watchman at the factory. Lee was arrested, but it quickly became evident that the notes were a crude attempt by the barely literate Jim Conley to cover up his own involvement. Conley was the factory's janitor, a black man, and a well-known drunk.
Conley then decided to shift the blame toward Leo Frank, the Jewish owner of the factory. Despite the absurdity of Conley's claims, they nevertheless took hold. The case's prosecutor was Hugh Dorsey, a notorious bigot and friend of Georgia's populist leader, Tom Watson. Watson's racist and anti-semitic writings in his paper, the jeffersonian, were to play a key role in the trial. Reportedly, Watson told Dorsey, "Hell, we can lynch a nigger anytime in Georgia, but when do we get the chance to hang a Yankee Jew?"
Frank was tried by Judge Leonard Roan, who allowed the blatantly unfair trial to go forward even after he was privately informed by Conley's attorney that Conley had admitted to Frank's innocence on more than one occasion. The trial was packed with Watson's followers and readers of his racist newspaper, Jeffersonian. The jury was terrorized into a conviction despite the complete lack of evidence against Frank.
Georgia governor John Slaton initiated his own investigation and quickly concluded that Frank was completely innocent. Three weeks before his term ended, Slaton commuted Frank's death sentence in the hope that he would eventually be freed when the publicity died down. However, Watson had other plans: He mobilized his supporters to form the Knights of Mary Phagan. Thousands of Jewish residents in Atlanta were forced to flee the city because police refused to stop the lynch mob.
The Knights of Mary Phagan then made their way to the prison farm where Frank was incarcerated. They handcuffed the warden and the guards and abducted Frank, bringing him to Marietta, Phagan's hometown. There he was hanged to death from a giant oak tree. Thousands of spectators came to watch and have their picture taken in front of his lifeless body. The police did nothing to stop the spectacle.
Although most of the country was outraged and horrified by the lynching, Watson remained very popular in Georgia. In fact, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1920.
Frank did not receive a posthumous pardon until 1986, on the grounds that his lynching deprived him of his right to appeal his conviction.
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